November 13-17


Words, Words, Words wrap up: Collecting the words we love and hate!

The Truman Show Bonus Opportunity


Truman Show Bonus Opportunity


Evaluation Writing Workshop: Laptops available to work on your evaluation writing assignment. Due by end of class Friday.  Due date update: For BONUS credit, please turn in your PRINTED review essay by today before 2:10. For regular credit, you may email the essay to by Monday, 11/20. The email must be dated 11/20 or it will be counted late. No Exceptions. I don’t want to give you work on a break so please don’t squander your time today! I want to give you bonus if possible!!!

Rubric: I’m using a generic AP rubric [mentally modified for on-level writing–but I still expect excellence!] which is attached here. AP Argument Rubric



November 6-10


Evaluation Writing Mini-Lesson

Why Mean Girls Is A Classic

Papa John’s, Reviewed


If for whatever reason you did not get your paper turned in to last night, you must do it on the LATE assignment entry. You have until 11:59 tomorrow.

The directions for turning in were on the assignment packet, so that is not an excuse. Waiting until the last minute is not in my realm of problems. I love you, so I must be harsh, so that you will be prepared for life.

Othello Assignment Packet [with instructions]: RAhowtopacket

Laptops today. Want you to look over some sites I have found, plus begin searching for articles/reviews similar to what you want to write. Honestly, you can review anything. Video games, movies, books, tv shows, entire series, restaurants, albums, concerts, a game, clothes, outdoors gear, etc etc etc etc.

Did you ever see Almost Famous? It’s based on the true story of writer/director Cameron Crowe who began writing music articles as a teenager and has been a well-known rock journalist. Here is a website that has a collection of his writing.

Magazines/Websites for music and movies:


Rolling Stone

AV Club

Rotten Tomatoes

Major Newspapers: NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal



October 30- November 3


Othello Film!!

Image result for othello

Tuesday: You will receive an answer sheet for Zipgrade. PLEASE do not draw around the little black squares or write near them. Those are the match-up marks for scanning them. Use this for your Othello test.

  1. Find your ID number on this list: ID list F2017 It is not in any particular order. Your ID # could be from 2-5 digits long. Put this along with name, class, etc.
  2. Here is the test. Feel free to print if needed. Othello Take Home Test.docx
  3. If you lose the answer sheet I give you, print out a new one: ZipGrade50QuestionV2
  4.  Test due FRIDAY, 11/3 at class time.

For Thursday: Please see Thursday’s entry for what you need to review for rhetoric objective test.


In class writing: Othello Rhetorical Analysis


Rhetoric Test-

Review the Rhetoric 101 Powerpoint. Any terms are fair game.

Rhetoric 101

There are a couple of terms that I threw on there that you know from the past but just in case: onomatopoeia, hyperbole, euphemism.

Be able to identify ethos, logos, pathos as used in arguments.

Sentence types from Powerpoint.

There will be a passage with questions.


Going to desktops in media center to begin work on Othello Rhetorical analysis.

Please come up and get the assignment and how-to packet. Turn in Othello take home test!

RAhowtopacket  < This is the online version of the instructional packet I have in class.  

Please return the How-To packet to me at the end of class.

othello analysis assignment <This is the actual assignment prompt and speeches to analyze.


October 23- 27


1st half: work on Act 3 exercises together.

2nd half: Act IV, scene 1.


Finish Act IV. Please review the quotes below and basic plot before the quiz tomorrow!

“ His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;/ I’ll intermingle everything he does/ with Cassio’s suit.”

“Ha, I like not that.”

“Why, now I see there’s mettle in thee, and even/ from this instant do build on thee a better opinion/ than ever before.”

“The world’s a huge thing. It is a great price/ for a small vice.”

“Good my lord, pardon me, Though I am bound to every act of duty  I am not bound to that all slaves are free to.”

“Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse full of crusadoes. And but my noble Moor     Is true of mind and made of no such baseness as jealous creatures are, it were enough     To put him to ill thinking.”

“By heaven, thou echo’st me/ As if there was some monster in thy thought/ Too hideous to be shown.”

“O beware,my lord, of jealousy!/ It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock/ The meat it feeds on.”

“I am glad I have found this napkin./ This was her first remembrance from the Moor.”

“I durst, my lord, to wager she is honest,/ Lay down my soul at stake.”

“I will be hanged if some eternal villain,/ Some busy and insinuating rogue,/ Some cogging, cozening slave, to get some office,/ Have not devised this slander.”

“ ‘Very well’ ‘Go to!’ I cannot go to, man,/ nor ‘tis not very well!”



Quiz over Acts 3/4: when you are done, please work on vocab OR your Othello packets. If you will not be here tomorrow please see me after quiz.


SUB TODAY. Be on best behavior!!!

You will be tackling some practice rhetorical analysis passages. These are multiple choice selections. You will earn bonus depending on how well you do, so don’t goof off on this today. When you are done, please work quietly on other work.



If you were one of the mishap classes yesterday that didn’t do the rhetorical analysis practice… you’ve got homework this weekend. Please use the answer sheet I give you and read from this PDF. Turn in on MONDAY.

ra prac 1

October 16-20


Finish Act 2 of Othello; review for quiz tomorrow over Acts 1 and 2. Here are some quotes… make sure you know who is speaking  and what the context is.

“In following him, I follow but myself”

“I am not what I am”

“ O, I have/ lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of/ myself, and what remains is bestial.”

“Is there not charms by which the property of youth and maidhood may be abused?Have you not read, Roderigo, of some such thing?”

“I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth/Than it should do offense to Michael Cassio.”

“It seems not meet nor wholesome to my place to be producted, as if I stay I shall, against the Moor.”

“Look to her, Moor, if thou hast eyes to see./ She has deceived her father, and may thee.”

“Rude am I in my speech,/ And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace;”

“If virtue no delighted beauty lack,/ Your son in law is far more fair than black.”

“I’ll sell all my land.”

“I lack iniquity sometimes to do me service.”

“A maiden never bold, of spirit so still and quiet that her motion blushed at herself.”

“ What wouldst write of me if thou shouldst praise me?”

“It were well/The General were put in mind of it. /Perhaps he sees it not, or his good nature/ Prizes the virtue that appears in Cassio/ And looks not on his evils.”

“This only is the witchcraft I have used.”

“I hate the Moor, and it is thought abroad that ‘twixt my sheets has done my office.”

“My blood begins my safer guides to rule and passion…assays to lead the way.”



Acts 1 and 2 quiz.

When you are done, turn the scantron in to the drawer and place the quiz on the table.

Grab a CLASS COPY of the Close Reading chapter and your personal copy of the Queen Elizabeth speech.

style analysis

Speech to the Troops at Tilbury

Read the packet. Using their notes annotate YOUR copy of the speech. Yes, I want you to highlight and note the things they mention about her speech. This is modeling the kind of annotations you will be making and what you will be looking for when you do a rhetorical analysis.

It will help to watch this recreation of the speech from the 2005 miniseries Elizabeth I. Helen Mirren stars as the Queen.

October 9-13


Group work on Othello packet, exercise 1.

Othello and the Power of Language Packet


Sub today so you know what that means… BEST behavior! I’m out at a professional learning meeting.

Character Ed day: 2nd period does not meet.

Work on Activities 2 and 3 in your Othello packet. What you do not finish is homework.


Senior Shut Down Morning! No 2nd or 3rd period. Please look at the Ted Talks below.

4th and 6th periods:



EARLY RELEASE DAY! [what a week, am I right?]

2nd and 3rd only: work on packet activities for act 1.


ALL classes: go over act I activities in packet.

October 2-6

Welcome back, y’all!

We are going to get into Othello starting today which will allow us to bring rhetorical analysis back in after we get some of the play out of the way. I love this play. I love the way it uses language. Rhetoric is one of the main characters, metaphorically speaking.

Today: Black Men and Public Space by Brent Staples. Read and SoapsTone.


HW: finish vocab by 11:59pm tonight. Read pages 1-3 of the Othello packet {I will provide printed copies tomorrow; there were copier issues this morning].

Othello and the Power of Language Packet


Othello Thematic Notes: Othello Notes

Character Sheet: Othello Characters NEW1

Begin reading through Act 1. *Being in class is essential while we are working on Othello! Shakespeare can be difficult to plow through alone*